LAST UPDATED December 19, 2023

Publishers & Creators Privacy Policy

Read this document to learn how we use data for publishers and content creators. In this policy “we”, “us”, etc. refers to Brave Software Inc.

(To learn how we use data to operate this website and other Brave sites, forums, and communications, see the Website Privacy Policy. To learn how we use data for the Brave Browser, see the Brave Browser Privacy Policy).

Basic Attention Token Contributions

To collect Basic Attention Tokens (BAT) as a creator, you must create a Brave Creators account on this site. This involves providing your name and email address. You will only be eligible to receive contributions from users in your capacity as a Brave creator if you have signed up with Brave Creators and meet all eligibility criteria to count as a “Verified Creator”. Learn more about being a Verified Creator. Brave does not know which users made contributions to which creators.

Registering sites or channels

If you are a creator who has user-generated content platform accounts (including but not limited to YouTube, Twitch, Vimeo, X (formerly Twitter)/X, etc.) or owns a website, Brave has a function that allows you to register your account or website with Brave Creators in order to receive contributions of BAT from Brave itself and/or from your visitors. To do so, it is necessary to demonstrate that you are the owner of the site(s) or channel(s) for which you receive BAT. For websites, this is done by providing information from your web server or DNS provider. For user-generated content platform accounts, we will verify your ownership using services provided by the platform that hosts your channel.

For example, in order to register a YouTube channel with your Brave Creators account, Brave will use YouTube’s Application Programming Interface (API) to authenticate your account and check your ownership of the channel. We do this check once and will save the following information: the channel’s title and description; a thumbnail picture of the channel; the current subscriber count; your YouTube User ID and User Name; your YouTube email address.

Please note that linking your YouTube account with Brave Creators is subject to YouTube’s Terms of Service and Google’s Privacy Policy (http://www.google.com/policies/privacy), which you would have already agreed to when creating a YouTube account. During the process of linking your YouTube channel, you will be guided to sign in to your Google account and provided with notice about what data is shared with Brave. You can also check what API’s have access to your data and revoke any of concern by visiting https://myaccount.google.com/security.

Connecting External Accounts or Addresses to Brave Creators

Custodial Accounts

You have the ability to connect an account from one of our custodial account provider partners (e.g., Uphold, Gemini, bitFlyer, etc.) to your Brave Creators account. If you choose to do so, your selected account provider will tell us whether your account is in good standing, has completed certain requirements (such as ID verification or KYC requirements), the list of currencies you have configured, and the country associated with your account. Note that our custodial account provider partners are third-party services, and in using them, you are bound by their respective Privacy Policies, Terms, and other notices.

Web3 Accounts & Addresses

You have the ability to connect a self-custody Web3 address (e.g., a Solana address, Ethereum address, etc.) to your Brave Creators account and sites/channels in order to receive Brave Creators payouts from Brave, and/or to receive contributions directly from users. Web3 addresses connected to your sites/channels will be exposed to the public so that people can send contributions directly to the Web3 addresses associated with your sites/channels.

You can remove Web3 addresses from your sites/channels or Brave Creators account at any time. If you remove a Web3 address from a site/channel, then we will stop exposing your Web3 address to users in association with your site/channel.

Note that Web3 addresses and their associated data (such as transaction history, activity, etc.) are typically public, immutable, and unencrypted. Brave does not have control over Web3 networks such as Solana, Ethereum, etc.

Security

We record IP addresses when requests are made to identify & prevent fraud and to protect the integrity of the service. We also monitor how the account is used, for anti fraud and to maintain the reliability and performance of the service.

We will also check the email address you provide against https://haveibeenpwned.com/ to determine if it has been compromised to help protect against fraud. We rely on legitimate interests to conduct this check.

E-mail

If you ask us to keep in touch with you by email, we will use SendGrid or MailChimp based in the United States to help us contact you. The processing of personal data on our behalf is subject to a range of measures to help safeguard your personal data including the use of EU standard contractual clauses. Every email we send this way will also include an unsubscribe link.

Publishers and content creators

Purpose of processingCategories of personal data processedLegal basis of processingDuration of storage
To communicate with publishers and creators that have signed up as Brave business partners. Name, e-mail address, frequency of access to these emails, links clicked, and phone number (if provided). Necessary for the performance of the contract agreed between both the creator and Brave (and necessary for us to provide the requested service). The duration of the creator’s account with Brave.
To maintain accounts, statistics, and billing with publishers and creators that have signed up as Brave business partners. Name, e-mail address, Uphold wallet ID, phone number, names and URIs1 of websites, Youtube, Twitch etc., including their favicons or avatars, an internal publisher ID, and transaction details. Necessary for the performance of the contract agreed between both the creator and Brave (and necessary for us to provide the requested service). The duration of the creator’s account with Brave.
To enable all publishers and creators to accumulate contributions of BAT from Brave, and from Brave users. Names and URIs1 of websites, Youtube, Twitch etc., and publicly available contacts, and transaction details. Our interest in providing publishers and content creators with BAT as soon as they start to work with Brave. The data are used in a way that does not negatively affect your rights or interests. Indefinite.
To comply with tax obligations. Uphold wallet ID (plus Brave revenue from transactions, which are not personal data), and transaction details. Necessary for compliance with a legal obligation. 4 years after end of creator’s account.
Internal communications. Name, e-mail address, and internal publisher ID at the time of communication. Necessary for the performance of the contract agreed between both the creator and Brave (and necessary for us to provide the requested service). Indefinite.
To detect fraudulent claims of “referral rewards”, ads and “user growth pool” BAT grants. Name, e-mail, phone number, IP address, names and addresses of channels (websites, Youtube, Twitch URI1 etc.) including their favicons or avatars, an internal publisher ID, internal identifiers. Where PayPal is used, the PayPal user’s country, verification status, and PayPal account ID. Necessary for the performance of the contract agreed between both the creator and Brave (and necessary for us to provide the requested service). Necessary for the performance of the contract agreed between both the creator and Brave (and necessary for us to provide the requested service). The duration of the creator’s account with Brave. (Data may be stored indefinitely in the case of detected fraudsters).

Contacting Brave about your privacy

We are always interested in hearing and responding to questions and concerns at twitter.com/brave and at github.com/brave. More in-depth conversations can be had at community.brave.com.

We are represented in Europe by Brave Software Europe Ltd (based in the UK). You can contact our data protection officer and the rest of our privacy team at privacy@brave.com. However, from the 1st January 2021, given the UK’s exit from the EU, Brave has appointed an EU nominated representative and which you may contact if you would prefer not to contact Brave directly:

Brave EU Nominated Representative
Care of Castlebridge
Unit 7, 12 Mountjoy Square,
Dublin 1
Ireland

brave@gdprnomrep.eu

You can ask to know what information we have about you, update incorrect information, delete it, object to our use of it, or get a copy of it. If you’re in the European Union, you also have the right to complain to your local data protection authority (though everyone should have this right).

We’ll update this policy whenever we make material changes to our practices, and we’ll announce it to let you know.



  1. For an explanation of what a URI is see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uniform_Resource_Identifier. If some of the names of these websites and channels that Brave has recorded to facilitate BAT gifts from Brave and donations from users happen to contain people’s names, then we treat these URLs as personal data. ↩︎

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